It’s been a while since we last heard from Glen “Big Baby” Davis — in a meaningful way at least. Mostly because of injury during the past couple of years, but also because he’s been stuck in Orlando. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
But as the Orlando Magic continue in their rebuilding phase, it doesn’t make much sense to keep Davis on the roster. And since no one wanted to trade for his $6.6 million he’s scheduled to be paid next season, the Magic did the next best thing.
They agreed to a buyout.
The Magic tried hard to move Davis before Thursday’s trade deadline but were unable to find a deal to unload him. The Los Angeles Clippers are the frontrunners to sign Davis, league sources said. Clippers GM and coach Doc Rivers coached Davis with the Boston Celtics and had discussions with Orlando in recent days about acquiring him. The Brooklyn Nets, who like the Clippers are searching for a backup big man, have significant interest in Davis too, league sources said.
This was pretty much expected after the NBA trade deadline came and went with Davis still a part of the Magic. Davis had been averaging 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds, while starting 43 games out of the 45 games he’s appeared in with the Magic this season.
I’m not really sure who would take a swing on Davis, but the Los Angeles Clippers could really use some added depth up front.